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Work organisation and restructuring in the Knowledge Society

Work organisation and restructuring in the Knowledge Society

Objective

WORKS is an IP with 19 EU and Accession State partners to carry out research on how employment, learning and labour practices adapt to change and with what effect. Taking account of the global context and of regional diversity within Europe, the project will: integrate knowledge on changes in work in the KBS; analyse existing quantitative data, identify best practices and develop a roadmap for convergence; carry out organisational case studies to provide windows into the restructuring of value chains at strategic points to illuminate changes in the organisation of work within and between organisations; carry out qualitative research at the individual and household level in order to analyse the quality of work, time use, learning and occupational identities; carry out a comparative regional mapping of the institutional, policy and social dialogue aspects of workplace changes in order to identify the policy options facing the social partners and other policy stakeholders in the future; establish a global reference group to compare European developments with those elsewhere and to identify the niches of European regions in the new global division of labour in the knowledge economy; develop methodologies for carrying out qualitative research into work organisation which are sufficiently rigorous to allow for comparability whilst retaining sensitivity to cultural and institutional differences; contribute to the development of an integrated ERA by involving researchers from outside the project and by contributing to the training of researchers; actively involve the social partners and other policy stakeholders in the project; develop methods for forecasting future trends which are grounded in robust empirical research, take account of regional diversity and the differing interests of social actors and avoid crude extrapolation; take account of gender, ethnic and other social variables within as well as between sectors, regions, organisations, workplaces and households.

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Address

Oude Markt 13
Leuven

Belgium

Administrative Contact

Participants (17)

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ARBETSLIVISINSTITUTET

Sweden

ATK ARBETSTAGARKONSULTATION AB

Sweden

CENTRE D'ÉTUDES DE L'EMPLOI

France

FONDATION TRAVAIL-UNIVERSITÉ

Belgium

FORSCHUNGS- UND BERATUNGSSTELLE ARBEITSWELT

Austria

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH

Germany

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA - UNL

Portugal

INSTITUT FUER SOZIALWISSENSCHAFTLICHE FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

INSTITUTE OF SOCIOLOGY OF THE HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Hungary

INSTITUTE OF SOCIOLOGY, BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

ISTITUTO DI RICERCHE ECONOMICHE E SOCIALI

Italy

LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Denmark

PANTEION UNIVERSITY OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Greece

SINTEF - STIFTELSEN FOR INDUSTRIELL OG TEKNISK FORSKNING VED NORGES TEKNISKE HØGSKOLE

Norway

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE (UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE)

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 6193

  • Start date

    1 June 2005

  • End date

    31 August 2009

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 484 100

  • EU contribution

    € 3 799 999

Coordinated by:

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium